1. The windshield washer pump in the 2016 Dodge Dart is way too amped.

    In April 2016, engineers were able to duplicate the failure of the [windshield wiper] body control module and in May had identified the cause as transient voltage spikes coming from the windshield washer pump.

    The investigation came after hundreds of warranty claims were filed about the wipers failing. The recalled Darts will need a kinder, gentler pump.

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  2. As 2016 wraps up, the last thing we need is another diesel emissions scandal.

    Volkswagen's coverup of their NOx-spewing diesel cars made headlines. So. Many. Headlines. And now, according to a recent lawsuit, Ram trucks might be next.

    Dodge Ram trucks equipped with Cummins diesel engines have been named in a class-action lawsuit that alleges the trucks emit nitrogen oxide emissions up to 14 times above legal limits.

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  3. When the engine is running, your vehicle's alternator helps charge the battery and supplies additional power to the vehicle's electrical systems.

    But for 86,000 Dodge Ram (and RAM) trucks it's also supplying something else – electrical shorts and fires. #notafeature

    "Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says the problem occurs with the alternator near maximum amperage in hot temperatures, conditions more likely to be experienced with corporate fleet vehicles compared to typical consumer driving."…

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  4. Three fatalities. Five injuries. One massive recall for Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles.

    The automaker says it opened an investigation in April 2015 after 10 crashes were reported, and after months of research, engineers determined the occupant restraint control modules may short-circuit and prevent the frontal airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and side air bags from deploying in a crash.…

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  5. Have a beige interior Stratus?

    Your car may have been recalled a second time for failing passenger side sun visors. The cars were previously repaired for a June 2015 recall using an incorrect part that may not prevent the passenger-side sun visor from detaching if the passenger frontal airbag deploys and the passenger side sun visor is folded down in a certain position.

    During the 2015 recall, the recalled vehicles weren't properly identified and given more faulty parts.

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  6. FCA says their transmission pumps “may not conform to specifications” and need to be recalled in the 2015-2016 Journey and Grand Caravan.

    They thank the discovery of the problem to an examination of warranty data that caused an internal investigation of the six-speed automatic transmissions.

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  7. The government has closed their investigation into FCA’s electronic gear shifters after the automaker agreed to a software update recall.

    But that doesn't mean they like the design change, saying the "monostable shifter isn't consistent and simply isn't easy to use."

    And yet, it appears at this point the only thing drivers have to look forward to is more chimes and audible warnings.

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  8. The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country have been recalled because they have nuts on the third-row seatback that weren't torqued properly during assembly.

    The loose bolts may not hold the seatback, even more so in a crash.

    The nuts were not tightened properly when the vans were built between March 16, 2016, to March 17, 2016.

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